Mobility nodes and economic spaces: Links, tensions and planning implications

  • Redento Bolivar Recio University of Melbourne
  • Sonia Roitman University of Queensland
  • Iderlina Mateo-Babiano University of Melbourne
Keywords: Transport issues, land use, informal livelihoods, global South cities


While transport hubs function largely as mobility interchanges, they also serve as spaces of conflict and negotiation, particularly when informal livelihoods of poor populations take place in public spaces like streets and transport terminals. This condition poses challenges to urban planners and transport officials on how to promote inclusive cities without sacrificing urban mobility. We examine how informal trading has become embedded in the land-use patterns of Baclaran, a strategic transport hub in Metro Manila. Three factors emerge as critical in understanding how and why informal trading thrives in Baclaran: a) the presence of commuters as captive market; b) mixed land use and activity agglomeration; and c) multi-layered socio-spatial relations. Our empirical data also shows how normalized informal trading in a mobility node has triggered transport route diversion and supported the growth of small-scale informal transport.

Author Biographies

Redento Bolivar Recio, University of Melbourne

Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Sonia Roitman, University of Queensland

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Iderlina Mateo-Babiano, University of Melbourne

Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


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How to Cite
Recio, R. B., Roitman, S., & Mateo-Babiano, I. (2019). Mobility nodes and economic spaces: Links, tensions and planning implications. Journal of Transport and Land Use, 12(1).